Afghan tribal rugs use two techniques to create “halftones”. The techniques are “checkered” knots and “marling”. Marled and checked colors function particularly well in landscape backgrounds.
When individual knots alternate between colors (both vertically and horizontally) the result is a checkered color, like these examples:
^ Rug #1065 ^
^ Rug #840 ^
^ Rug #355 ^
Marled is two colors spun into one thread then woven into a carpet. It is more irregular and “blurry” than checkered colors.
(verso) ^ Rug #779 ^
^ Rug #1484 ^
^ Rug # 1454 ^
^ Rug #41 ^
^ Rug #49 ^
^ Rug #55 ^
More info is about Johannah Herr’s “Drone Roomba” is here.
If you are interested in a drone rug, now is a good time to ask. The 2019 collection will, hopefully, be arriving soon, and as the supply goes down the price will go up, so write soon for the best prices
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To honor their oaths, some American civil servants are taking considerable risks and expense to describe the machination of the American government. Specialized legal council is important for these civil servants, but such expenses are not built into civil service salaries, so a fund has been set up to help civil servants with these expenses. More info here:
In his second book about Cuba, Jonathan Hansen describes a different Fidel Castro than I knew. A highly educated and sporting man whose vision of a liberal nationalism for Cuba with civil and political liberties which later disappeared. Great book and interesting op-ed in today’s New York Times.
Temple has put together an informative website about the show of war rugs they hosted in 2016. The present a good inventory the rugs, and an interesting commentary.
The Libraries and the Intellectual Heritage Program present an exhibition of Afghan War Rugs, traditional hand knotted carpets that combine ancient practice with the latest in the daily lives of the weavers. Many of the rug designs originate in antiquity, but since the 1980’s now incorporate the war that spans from the Soviet invasion through today’s battles with the Taliban. The weavers have witnessed epic historical events, encoded them in their traditional art, and wrought important contemporary art
Here is our inventory of the rugs warrug.com loaned them for the show.
Warrug.com gets a lot of traffic, but what was the most viewed file in September 2018? A blog post from 2006 about regular rugs we were selling at the flea market entitled contained one photo that has achieved an obscure internet fame. The Mashad rug we were selling looked just like the rug which The Dude took of the Big Lubowoski (and Maude stole back.)
Well here it is again:
Funny thing is, I do not know who is using the photo, or where on the internet is posted.
In 2017 there was an exceptional auction in Australia, which I just learned about from Luca Brancati’s Pinterest, of the Australian rug dealer and expert Jacques Cadry’s collection.
Here is a fine Kirman pictorial rug showing a scene familiar to fans of Afghan Pictorial rugs showing a garden scene with a woman pouring wine in a scene taken from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat.
Here is an Afghan take on the same subject:
Some of the Soviet figure rugs and war rugs sold looked familiar from the work of Nigel Lendon and Tim Bonyhady. If you know the location of that resource, please contact me.
Here are some fascinating rugs. The price estimates looked good, so I regret missing the opportunity to bid.
This one is amazing, with Alexander of Macedonia’s citadel.
There were four Baghlani rugs in the auction, each one unusual and cool.
There were also a few examples of so-called Diamond Herati designs, which are the famous Herati design from Herat area.
Finally, there are a couple rugs which provide a unique and important perspective on an Turkish war rug from around the time of World War I
Available, please stay tuned for better photos.